All Journalism School in a Day
Being a journalist means a lot more today than it did, say, 30 years ago. Media outlets are no longer restricted to print, TV, radio and Xeroxed pamphlets handed out on street corners. Maybe you want to become a respected neighborhood blogger; perhaps your goal is to write 8,000-word stories for the Atlantic. Or Cat Fancy. Regardless, you want to impart information to your audience in a responsible, engaging manner. This inter-session class—an experimental J-school in a day—will send you on your way with (most of) the tools you need to get started as a journalist.
Please refrain from signing up if you can’t stay the whole day.
Interview Anyone: Becoming a great interviewer takes practice. We’ll help you bypass rookie mistakes and send you out into the real world armed with solid techniques for extracting good quotes from your subjects. 55 minutes
Break: Exercise for the desk-bound journalist with Express’ fitness editor.
Be Interesting: We’ll cover writing/organizing a story for maximum reader enjoyment and — something we think is equally important — how to bring your voice into your work. You can make any story sound like you. 55 minutes
Eating and Employment: We’ll talk about pitching stories (for freelance gigs) and yourself (for jobs). Please bring a lunch that doesn’t require refrigeration. 1 hour, optional
Edit Anything: Any piece of writing can be improved. That writing might be yours, so we’ll teach you to self-edit. That writing might be other people’s, so we’ll teach you to tear their work to shreds in a tactful and constructive manner. 55 minutes
Copyedit Anything: For those of you who’ve taken Edit Anything, or are simply more interested in style/grammar. 55 minutes
Don’t Get Into Trouble: Also known as ethics. We’ll hit the highlights: plagiarism, quote handling, media law basics and generally being a responsible and professional writer/reporter/editor. 45 minutes
The End! You’re welcome to stay and ask questions.
Note: We won’t be talking much about hard news (politics reporting, how to become a foreign correspondent), broadcast (that’s a whole ’nother day of classes) and basic grammar (we assume you’ve got a firm handle on that).
1150 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20071
Neighborhood: McPherson Square
Between L and M streets NW